Local News

  • Carolina Shores delays single voting district consideration

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners tabled consideration Tuesday of a proposal to create a single voting district in the town.

    At issue is N.C. House Bill 742, which created two voting districts in the town after Carolina Shores involuntarily annexed the Village at Calabash in 2003.

    Commissioner Tom Puls, who proposed tabling the matter, said the bill was adopted to ensure the newly annexed community, which became voting District 1 for town elections, always had representation on the board. Carolina Shores proper became District 2 for local elections.

  • San Rio requests tabled again

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen once again tabled annexing more than 78 acres off Gray Bridge Road and an amendment to the development’s Phase II master plan at the request of Wakefield Coastal, developers of San Rio.

    The developers say they are in the middle of working out an infrastructure agreement with the town that should be ready by the March 25 pre-agenda meeting. The agreement will focus on the size of the sewer pump station and sewer fee reimbursement terms, both of which were the subject of much debate between the town and the developers last month.

  • Physician assistant's license temporarily suspended by medical review board

    A Shallotte physician assistant has agreed to have his license suspended for 60 days and attend classes about prescribing medications to avoid a formal hearing for misconduct.

    Rocky Quillen, PA, of Shallotte Medical Center, signed a consent order with the N.C. Medical Board Feb. 20 admitting he directed members of the office staff to call in prescriptions for a member of his family under the name of the supervising physician and another physician assistant without their knowledge.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council approves zoning land, ETJ request

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council on Monday approved zoning a newly annexed tract and expanding the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

    Approval is for a 64.25-acre tract east of N.C. 904 to Recreational Institutional (RI-1). A new “continuing care community” is planned for the site, which was voluntarily annexed into the town in January.

    Al Seibert, chairman of the town planning board, noted annexation was approved before the property was zoned.

  • Trojans cash in on Scorpions' mistakes

    SHALLOTTE—North Brunswick High School baseball coach Randy Fennell believes defense will be one of his team’s strengths this season.

    But that certainly wasn’t the case Friday night when the Scorpions opened their season at West Brunswick. The North Brunswick infield committed nine errors, and the Trojans took advantage in a 12-0 victory.

    Fennell said the defensive miscues came as a surprise, especially after the Scorpions took a good round of infield and outfield practice immediately before the game.

  • Pitchers dominate as North nips West

    SHALLOTTE—The pitchers were way ahead of the hitters when West Brunswick and North Brunswick got together last Thursday for a bone-chilling evening of high school softball.

    As the temperature dipped into the 30s and players donned sweatshirts and winter caps to stay warm, four pitchers combined for 17 strikeouts and yielded just one earned run in North Brunswick’s 3-2 win.

    “The girls did great. Hopefully, we’ll get better,” North Brunswick coach Lionel Bryant said following his team’s season opener.

  • West Brunswick shuts out South

    Brock Holmes pitched six strong innings as West Brunswick defeated South Brunswick 6-0 in a high school baseball game last Wednesday in Shallotte.

    Holmes, a right-handed junior, held the Cougars to two hits and struck out 10 in six innings. Jay Gause threw one inning in relief as the Trojans evened their record at 1-1.

    “Brock pitched great. He had 10 Ks, 73 pitches in six innings, no walks. He was pretty good,” said West Brunswick coach Mike Alderson.


    Golf team wins Waccamaw opener

    The South Brunswick High School boys’ golf team started its Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference season Monday with a convincing victory at Black Bear.

    The Cougars ran their record to 6-0 by finishing 12 shots ahead of the competition.

    Sophomore Dalton Gore took medalist honors with a 39 as the Cougars had 170 strokes, 12 better than Whiteville at 182. Host South Columbus was third at 202, followed by East Columbus at 213 and North Brunswick at 215.


    Scorpions win first track meet

    Shawn Sanders and Corey Hammonds led the North Brunswick High School boys’ track team to victory in a tri-meet last Thursday at Pender.

    The Scorpions had 97 points to 31 for Trask and 30 for Pender.

    Sanders won the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles as well as the triple jump. Hammonds captured the 400-meter run, shot put and discus.

    A double winner for the Scorpions was Tony Wright in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter races.

    The Scorpions also won three of the four relay races.


    Soccer team drops opener to Hoggard

    The West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team kicked off its season Monday with a 3-0 loss to Mideastern 3A/4A Conference rival Hoggard.

    “Hoggard is a very competitive team as always and we really struggled offensively, but our defense had an excellent game,” said West Brunswick coach Laura Libero. “The girls put in such a valiant effort.”

    Libero said defenders Katelyn Humbert, Erin Nolan, Monica Young, Amanda Silva and Erin Oepen played well as a group. Goalkeeper Ariel Gravino recorded nine saves.